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Why the London car scrappage scheme won’t work

London scrappage scheme not enough

New Transport for London (TfL) figures reveal that state-funded scrappage schemes in the capital will remove less than two percent of dirty old cars from the road. The news has prompted renewed pressure on the government to further incentivise scrappage trade-ins for cleaner cars.

At present, London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £25 million expenditure on the new scheme, to be introduced in autumn 2019, is intended for the 600,000+ owners of older cars who can’t afford a new one. But will those eligible for the scheme actually take advantage of it? 

TfL estimates that only a small fraction of the group will make the jump. It projects between 12,250 and 24,500 vehicles would be scrapped for between £1,000 and £2,000 off a new car. That makes for just one in 55 eligible owners, or less than two percent.

London scrappage scheme not enough

One suggestion is that a significant expansion of incentives is required, with the backing and support of central government.

“What is clear is that the scheme will only have limited benefits,” said Liberal Democrat London assembly member, Caroline Pidgeon.

“Any serious move away from diesel vehicles must involve a national scrappage scheme being adopted.”

London scrappage scheme not enough

Proposals for a national scrappage scheme have been rejected by ministers on the basis that it would be difficult to target more polluted areas. However, the idea of a scheme run by local councils, and supported by a £260 million clean air fund, remains on the table.

As an aside, small business owners in London are to be encouraged to move into cleaner new commercial vehicles via a £23 million scheme.

Pre-2016 vans in the capital are the target. They can be scrapped for £6,000 towards a new electric equivalent, or £3,500 towards a Euro 6-compliant vehicle or rental of such vehicles.

Vauxhall EXTENDS its £4,000 scrappage deal

Vauxhall scrappage event June 2019

Vauxhall has extended its scrappage offer, meaning you now have until the end of September to get a minimum £4,000 guaranteed scrappage allowance on selected vehicles.

The ‘Trade Up’ offer – which was set to expire at the end of June – is available on Astra, Mokka X, Crossland X, Grandland X and Viva Rocks models.

The trade-in car must be at least seven years old to be valid for the scrappage allowance.

Alternatively, if the vehicle isn’t ready to be scrapped, Vauxhall will offer a minimum of £3,000 part-exchange allowance, plus the value of the car, towards a new Vauxhall.

On its website, Vauxhall claims the scrappage allowance is best suited to cars worth less than £1,000, while the part-ex offer is designed for cars worth upwards of £1,000.

Either way, please check that a collector or enthusiast isn’t interested in your ‘scrappage’ candidate before leaving it at a Vauxhall dealer. Price guides and trade valuations aren’t always 100 percent accurate when it comes to rare, interesting or in-demand vehicles. Use social media or specialist forums to find out what it could be worth to the right buyer.

Stephanie Howson, Vauxhall’s retail sales director said: “There really isn’t anything quite like driving off the forecourt in a brand new car for the first time, and thanks to our exciting Trade Up event, motorists will be able to share in that feeling.

“People often assume they can’t afford to buy a brand new car, but that’s simply not the case. We would like to encourage anyone considering upgrading their vehicle to visit their nearest Vauxhall retailer and take advantage of this fantastic offer.”

Get your money off Rocks

Vauxhall Viva Rocks available with scrappage discount

If you’re looking to spend the least amount on a new car, the Viva Rocks is the cheapest Vauxhall available with the scrappage discount. It’s essentially a Viva with raised ground clearance and crossover-like styling, with prices starting from £12,240.

With the scrappage allowance, it takes the price down to £8,240, which is less than an entry-level Dacia Sandero Stepway.

Alternatively, Crossland X prices start from £17,715, the Astra range kicks off at £18,905, the Mokka X from £20,645 and the Grandland X from £23,415.

Visit the Vauxhall website for full terms and conditions, but again, do think carefully before scrapping your current motor. Vauxhall’s “old wreck” might be another person’s valued vehicle…

Remember, the offer ends at the end of September… unless Vauxhall decides to extend it again.

Ford launches £2,000 summer scrappage scheme

Ford £2,000 scrappage scheme

Ford has unveiled its new £2,000 scrappage incentive for summer 2019. This will build on the 2017-2018 Ford scrappage scheme, which saw 25,500 older dirtier vehicles scrapped. It follows Vauxhall, which announced its new £4,000 scrappage scheme only a short while ago.

Yes, you can get £2,000 towards the purchase of a new Ford if you put part exchange an old car from now until the end of September 2019, and register your new car between 1 July 2019 and 31 March 2020.

The cars eligible to scrap

Ford £2,000 scrappage schemeThere are, of course, a few catches. For one, there’s the eligibility of the vehicle you’re submitting for scrappage. Happily, there is only one age restriction, and it’s fairly inclusive.

As long as your car was registered before 1 January 2013 and you’ve owned it for at least 90 days, it’s eligible.

The cars you can buy with scrappage

There are restrictions on the cars you can buy, too. Want scrappage money off something sporty? Too bad. The aim of the scrappage scheme is to get cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars on the road. A 5.0-litre Mustang goes against that.

As does, in Ford’s view, all Fiesta ST and Focus ST models, all Zetec derivatives, the Fiesta Trend and the Ka+. That’s really rather restrictive, isn’t it? That’s because Ford wants to shift as many of its cleanest and most fuel-efficient models as possible. The pressure to meet looming sales targets for cars under a certain emissions brackets is building.

Ford £2,000 scrappage scheme

There are certain commercial vehicles you can get, too. The benefits are even stronger, with the £2,000 bonus excluding VAT. The catch is that the Ranger Raptor or a Transit Connect are not eligible.

“Our last Ford scrappage scheme saw 25,500 customers trade-in their older vehicles for Ford models equipped with our latest emissions and fuel-efficiency technologies, contributing to reducing CO2 and other emissions on U.K roads,” said Andy Barratt, managing director, Ford of Britain.

“We expect our new Ford scrappage scheme that we’re launching on July 1 to also have a positive impact on the environment.”

ULEZ scrappage schemes: how to save money on a clean car

London ULEZ scrappage

If your vehicle doesn’t meet the new, stricter Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards, you’ll need to pay £12.50 to enter central London. You can read about the ULEZ and what it means to you or your business here.

Buying a new car or van that meets the emissions standards is one way to avoid the daily charge. However, this will either involve spending more money up front or signing up for a lengthy finance deal.

Either way, the ULEZ is going to cost you money if your existing vehicle is deemed to be too dirty for London.

ULEZ van scrappage scheme

If you’re the owner of a micro business or a charity, you can apply for the Mayor of London’s scrappage discount, with up to £6,000 available for eligible organisations. The scheme was announced at the end of 2018, with Sadiq Khan allocating £23 million to the van scrappage scheme.

To qualify, a micro business must meet the following criteria:

  • Have ten or fewer employees
  • Have a turnover up to £632,000, OR up to £316,000 balance sheet total in the preceding and current financial year AND
  • Have an active Companies House registration in the UK OR be VAT registered in the UK

Charities must be registered with the Charity Commission as an active charity.

rusty van scrappage

Eligible organisations can scrap up to three older, more polluting vans and charity minibuses, but the vehicle(s) must meet certain criteria, in addition to failing to meet the ULEZ standards. The requirements are:

  • The vehicle must have been owned by the business or charity for more than 12 calendar months before 22 February 2019
  • Insured for business use
  • Have a valid MOT and current VED
  • The vehicle must be scrapped at an approved Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)

There are three different scrappage funds available, and these are summarised by Transport for London (TfL) as follows:

Option 1: Scrappage for frequent users of the Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ) (£3,500)

The vehicle being scrapped must:

  • Have been driven within the CCZ at least 52 times during the six months before 22 February 2019 – this will be checked against existing transactions in your London Road User Charging account
  • Be a pre-Euro 6 model light van (or charity-owned minibus) that does not meet the ULEZ standards

Option 2: Scrappage and purchase/lease of Euro 6 replacement (£3,500)

The vehicle being scrapped must be:

  • A pre-Euro 6 model light van (or charity-owned minibus) that does not meet the ULEZ standards
  • Replaced (by purchase or lease) with a Euro 6 light van or Euro 6 minibus (for charities only)

The micro business or charity must be registered at a Greater London address.

Option 3: Scrappage and contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of an electric vehicle (£6,000)

The grant payment is made up of £3,500 for scrapping eligible vehicles plus a £2,500 contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of a replacement electric vehicle(s).

The vehicle being scrapped must be:

  • A pre-Euro 6 model light van (or charity-owned minibus) that does not meet the ULEZ standards
  • Replaced (by purchase or lease) with an electric light van or electric minibus (for charities only)

ULEZ scrappage for lower incomes

electric cars in London

In February, the Mayor of London announced a new ‘scrap for cash’ fund to help low-income Londoners get behind the wheel of a ULEZ-compliant vehicle. Although Sadiq Khan hasn’t released details of the scrappage discount, £25 million will be available and the scheme will be launched later this year.

At the time, Khan said: “Our country’s filthy air is a national disgrace that shortens lives, damages our lungs, and severely impacts our NHS. City leaders across the country are united in raising the alarm about the dangers posed by poor air quality.

“I’m announcing plans to help motorists on low incomes, as well as micro businesses, to scrap their older, more polluting vehicles.

“However, Ministers must now show they can match my commitment. If we’re going to tackle the health crisis and social injustice caused by air pollution it is vital and only fair that a national vehicle scrappage scheme is funded and supported by the government.”

To check if your existing vehicle meets the ULEZ standards, visit the Transport for London website.

Toyota has extended its scrappage scheme AGAIN

Toyota Aygo x-trend

Toyota has extended its scrappage scheme – again – meaning you have until the end of June to save up to £2,500 off the price of a new car.

Scrappage is designed to encourage owners of older cars to trade them in for cleaner models by offering chunky discounts off the list price. In this case, Toyota is offered £2,000 off the cost of an Aygo and £2,500 off a Yaris.

Curiously, the offer isn’t available on the Yaris Hybrid, the cleanest model in the Yaris range…

The offer applies to owners of a car registered up to and including 30 June 2011, but they must have owned the car for at least six months.

As an example, the Aygo X-trend costs £10,965 after the scrappage discount and is available on 0 percent finance for £151.10 a month over 42 months after no deposit. The X-trend features 15-inch alloy wheels, smartphone integration, a seven-inch touchscreen, DAB, reversing camera, automatic air conditioning and automatic headlights.

Toyota Yaris Icon Trend

Meanwhile, the mid-range Yaris Icon Trend costs £14,120 after the discount, or £211.59 spread over 42 months after no deposit. This model features 15-inch alloys, Toyota Safety Sense, a seven-inch infotainment system, reversing camera, 4.2-inch multi-information display and rear parking sensors.

You have until 30 June 2019 to take advantage of the Toyota scrappage scheme, by which time the firm may have decided to extend it… again.

2018 Volkswagen Polo

New car scrappage deals: all the offers

Mazda: save money on any sub-130g/km CO2 model

Now is a great time to buy a new car, with no shortage of manufacturers announcing scrappage deals. New car buyers have potential to save thousands from a whole host of manufacturers, with Mitsubishi the latest brand to announce a scrappage offer.

We’ve outlined the current deals available for UK car buyers. We’ll be keeping this updated – check back to see if any other car manufacturers have announced similar offers.


What is a scrappage scheme?

A scrappage scheme is a way to encourage motorists to part exchange their old, polluting vehicles for new, eco-friendly models. The UK government ran an official scrappage scheme from April 2009 to to March 2010. Anyone trading their old car (10 years or older and with their name on the V5 for 12 months or more) would be given a guaranteed £2,000 towards a new model (£1,000 from the government and £1,000 from the manufacturer of the new car).

The scheme proved controversial amongst environmental groups and classic car enthusiasts, as it dictated all cars traded in through the scheme must be scrapped – even if they were in road-legal condition. In total, more than 390,000 vehicles were scrapped as part of the scheme.

Although the government hasn’t announced any plans to bring back an official scrappage scheme, a number of car manufacturers are introducing similar schemes as concerns around air pollution continue to rise.


Audi: up to £8,000 off

VW Group has extended its scrappage offers across its brands. The Audi deal is open to pre-2010 diesels, as long as you’ve owned the trade-in for at least six months and order before the end of December 2017. The only Audi models which aren’t included in the offer are hot RS models, as well as the A8, R8 and diesel Q7s. A massive £8,000 has been slashed off the Q7 e-tron, while A7 and A6 buyers can enjoy a £7,000 discount. The A3 e-tron can be had with £5,000 off plus the government’s £2,500 low emissions grant, while the affordable A1 qualifies for £2,800 off.

BMW: £2,000 off any car with 130g/km CO2 or less

BMW’s ‘Lower Emissions Allowance’ is available on any pre-Euro 5 diesel vehicles when you buy a new BMW or Mini emitting 130g/km CO2 or less. This means scrappage deals are available on more models than you might think – 80 percent of new BMWs emit less than 130g/km CO2, as do 70 percent of new Minis. BMW will give customers £2,000 off any car eligible for the scheme, on top of a “suitable average price” for their trade-in.

The offer is open until 31 December 2017, and the car must have been registered in your name for at least 12 months.

Citroen: save up to £6,400

Trade your pre-2011 car in for a new Citroen before the end of 2017 and you’ll qualify for a scrappage allowance of up to £6,400. The biggest discount is available on the C3 Picasso, while the Grand C4 Picasso comes with £4,700 off. The popular C4 Cactus comes with a £3,900 saving (Touch trim level aside), while the C1 and C3 both offer a £1,750 discount. All cars traded in through the scheme must have been registered in the customer’s name for at least 90 days and will be scrapped.

Dacia: £1,000 off a Duster

Renault’s budget brand Dacia is offering up to £1,000 off its Duster alongside existing deposit contributions (of up to £1,250). The full £1,000 is available on Laureate, Prestige and SE Summit trim levels, while the Ambiance is eligible for a £500 discount. The deal is open to new Dusters ordered before the end of December and registered before the end of January. All trade-ins must have been in the customer’s name for at least 90 days, and be a Euro 4 or older model registered before the end of 2009. Dacia has confirmed that all cars traded in through the scheme will be scrapped.

DS: £3,500 minimum scrappage discount

Citroen’s upmarket brand DS has also announced a scrappage scheme, similar to Citroen’s. The smallest discount of £3,500 applies to the DS3 (excluding hot models), while the DS3 Cabrio qualifies for a £4,500 discount. The DS4 and DS4 Crossback come with £5,000 off, while DS5 buyers are entitled to £5,500 for their old car. Like Citroen, DS buyers must collect their car by the end of the year, and must have owned their trade-in for at least 90 days.

Ford: £2,000 off any new car

Ford’s scrappage deals differ from those offered by other car manufacturers because they are available on any new car within its range. While others are encouraging buyers to look at the most efficient vehicles, Ford is happy to give you £2,000 off any new model, along with any current offers available in its line-up. With £5,000 already available off a new Transit, along with £2,950 off a Focus and £2,000 off a Kuga, you could save up to £7,000 on a new Ford as part of the scrappage scheme.

To qualify for the Ford scrappage deals, your trade-in must be rated Euro 4 or older for exhaust emissions (that’s most cars registered before the end of 2009), with a V5 in your name for at least 90 days.

Hyundai: up to £5,000 off certain models

Hyundai’s new scrappage scheme will be running from now until the end of 2017. The biggest saving is towards the Santa Fe, which has £5,000 slashed off its retail price when you chop in a clunker. While this sounds impressive, bear in mind that Hyundai has recently been offering £5,000 towards any Santa Fe bought on finance – so it’s not the huge eco-minded saving you might think. And no, you can’t combine the scrappage scheme offer with the deposit contributions already on offer.

Cheaper models have smaller discounts… £3,500 off the Tucson, £4,000 off the i30, £3,000 of the i40 and £2,000 off the Ioniq hybrid, i20 and ix20. The i10 city car gets a £1,500 saving.

Euro 1 – 3 trade-ins will be scrapped, while Euro 4 models will be resold. Owners of Euro 4 cars will be given a fair trade-in price on top of the scrappage saving.

Kia: £2,000 off a new Picanto or Rio

Kia is keeping things simple with its scrappage scheme. Trade in any car over seven years old, and get a £2,000 discount on a new Picanto or Rio. All cars traded in will be scrapped – and you don’t even need to have owned it for a certain period of time. Before you rush out to buy a banger to trade in for £2,000, bear in mind that Kia already offers some tempting deposit contributions on its cars bought on finance, so it might not be the huge saving you think. The offer runs until the end of December 2017.

Lexus: up to £4,000 off hybrid models

Lexus has introduced a scrappage scheme, designed to get customers behind the wheel of its hybrid models. Purchasers of a CT or IS qualify for a £3,500 discount, while £4,000 is available on NX or RX models.

The scrappage discount is not restricted to a finance package and is available on any petrol or diesel car registered before the end of 2009.

Mazda: save money on any sub-130g/km CO2 model

While some manufacturers seem to be forgetting the green element of scrappage, Mazda is pushing its low CO2 models with its scrappage scheme. Discounts are available on all its sub-130g/km CO2 cars, with discounts of up to £5,000 available on the Mazda3 and Mazda6. It’s open to all cars – petrol and diesel – registered before the end of 2009.

“As a responsible manufacturer we are committed to lowering emissions and are proud of our efficient Skyactiv technology,” said Mazda UK’s sales director, Peter Allibon. “This scheme is a great opportunity for motorists to upgrade to a cleaner car and enjoy the driver involvement, quality and style of a new Mazda. Not specific to diesel engines, this scheme is designed to incentivise dirtier older cars of all engine types off the road, and offers consumers the choice of sub 130g/km cars from both our Skyactiv-G petrol and Skyactiv-D diesel range.”

Mercedes-Benz: up to £7,000 off

Mercedes is offering up to £7,000 ‘Changeover bonus’ off a new car when you trade in a Euro 1 to Euro 2 rated diesel car by 31st December 2017. The discounts can be summarised as follows: A-Class £3,000; GLA and CLA Coupe £3,500; CLA Shooting Brake and C-Class Coupe £4,000; B-Class £4,500; C-Class Cabriolet £5,500; E-Class Saloon and Estate £6,000; C-Class Saloon and Estate £7,000.

MG: £1,500 off an MG3 when you trade in your old car

MG is keeping things simple with its scrappage scheme, which has been running for a year now. Trade in any old car for a new MG3 and you’ll get a minimum of £1,500 towards your new car. There’s no set requirements: it’s open to any petrol or diesel vehicle, and MG will “responsibly dispose” your old car.

“Other manufacturers have rushed out complicated offers, restricted to certain models and with lots of caveats. We don’t,” said MG’s head of sales and marketing, Matthew Cheyne. “We give everyone straightforward consumer offers like 0% finance across the range over 5 years or £1,500 minimum part exchange.

“Customers tell us they don’t like complicated offers and are beginning to mistrust PCP too. Dealing with MG is easy, honest and transparent.”

Mitsubishi: £6,500 off an Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid Outlander has proved to be a hit with families wanting to ‘go green’ without compromising on practicality or usability. It’s eligible for a £2,500 government incentive, and now Mitsubishi’s adding to that with a £4,000 saving when you trade in your old car.

You can save £3,500 off an Outlander diesel, meanwhile, while the ASX crossover and Mirage city car are eligible for £3,000 and £2,000 saving respectively. There aren’t any strict requirements on your part exchange: it simply needs to be a Euro 1 to 4 model, registered before the end of 2009 and in your name for at least six months. The offer’s open until the end of the year and Mitsubishi has said all cars traded in through the scheme will be scrapped.

Nissan: up to £5,000 off new models and £2,000 off a used Leaf

Nissan has taken a different approach to other manufacturers: it’s offering £1,000 off a secondhand Nissan Leaf electric car, in addition to an existing £1,000 incentive and the usual part-exchange value of the car being traded in. On new cars, the discount depends on the grade, with £2,000 available off Tekna and Tekna+ models across the range. This is plus existing retail offers, meaning buyers can enjoy up to £5,000 off an X-Trail and £4,500 off a Juke or Qashqai. Again, this is on top of the part-exchange value of the car being chopped in.

The offer is open to all customers with pre-Euro 5 petrol and diesel models, but be quick: the offer only runs until the end of September. Interestingly, Nissan has said it won’t be scrapping cars traded in through the scheme.

Peugeot: save up to £6,000 through scrappage

Peugeot is offering a similar deal to other PSA brands, with up to £6,000 available when customers scrap their pre-2011 petrol or diesel car. That’s for the 508 saloon, while diesel versions of the new 308 come with a £3,750 allowance. The 308 petrol, 2008 and 208 all come with a £2,750 discount.

Renault: £2,000 scrappage allowance on top of existing offers

French firm Renault is offering £2,000 discounts across the range on top of existing deals. That means customers can save a total of £7,000 off a Master van, £6,200 off a Kadjar, £4,500 off a Captur, £4,250 off a Clio, and £4,000 off a Megane, Scenic or Grand Scenic.

All vehicles traded in through the scheme will be scrapped, and they must have been registered before December 31st 2009. They must have been registered in the customer’s name for at least 90 days.

The Renault Koleos is excluded from the scheme as is the Twingo and, curiously, the electric Zoe. The firm is already offering a £5,000 incentive on the Zoe, it says.

Seat: up to £3,500 off when you trade in your dirty diesel

Like other VW Group brands, Seat’s scrappage scheme is open to all pre-Euro 5 diesels that have been registered in the customer’s name for at least six months. The biggest saving is on the Leon, which qualifies for £3,500 off, while the Toledo gets a £3,000 discount and new Ibiza £2,500. The Mii city car gets £1,500 slashed off its price. Like other VW Group brands, Seat has confirmed that all cars traded in through the scheme will face the crusher.

Skoda: scrap your Euro 1-4 diesel and save thousands

Like other VW Group brands: scrap your 1-4 diesel and save money on a new Skoda. The firm is offering the biggest saving of £4,000 off a Superb, while the Octavia and Yeti qualify for a £3,500 discount. The Rapid gets £3,000 off; the Fabia £2,500 and Citigo £1,500. Interestingly, there’s no saving available on the new Kodiaq. All vehicles traded in will be scrapped, Skoda confirms, and they must have been in the customer’s name for at least six months.

Suzuki: £2,000 off selected models

Suzuki’s great value range is now available with up to £2,000 off when you trade in your pre-Euro 5 car. The Japanese car maker will give you £1,000 off a Celerio, Ignis or Jimny, while the Baleno, S-Cross, Swift and Vitara qualify for a £2,000 discount. You must have owned your trade-in for at least 90 days, and Suzuki has confirmed that all cars part-exchanged as part of the scheme will be scrapped.

Toyota: save up to £4,000 when trading in your old car

Toyota’s scrappage-style deal offers a discount of up to £4,000 available when you trade in an eligible car. The scheme runs from 1 September to 31 December and is open to any vehicle over seven years old, as long as the V5 has been in the customer’s name for at least six months.

There are no restrictions on what you can buy, but the money you’ll save will depend on which Toyota model you choose. The Land Cruiser offers the biggest saving, with £4,000 off when you scrap your old car, while the new C-HR offers the smallest discount: just £1,000. The Aygo city car offers £2,000 off, while Yaris customers (including hybrids) will enjoy a discount of £2,500. The Verso, RAV4, Auris and Avensis all get £3,500 off.

Toyota says all cars traded in through the scheme will be scrapped. “Everyone who takes up our scrappage scheme can be assured their vehicle will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible fashion that maximises recycling opportunities,” said Toyota GB managing director, Paul Van der Burgh.

Volkswagen: huge savings when you scrap your diesel

If you wanted to point the finger at one manufacturer for causing the current anti-diesel agenda, it would be Volkswagen. The company behind the dieselgate emissions saga has finally launched its own variation of the scrappage scheme, with the focus on ridding the roads of dirty diesels. It’s open to all pre-Euro 5 diesels registered before 2010. While offers are available across VW’s range, the firm is pushing its plug-in vehicles. The Passat GTE is available with £6,000 off, while the e-Golf gets a £5,500 discount. These are plus government incentives, meaning you’ll get a total of £10,000 off an electric e-Golf. 

There are big savings to be had on non-electric Volkswagens, too: the Sharan people carrier gets a £6,000 discount, while the new Arteon qualifies for £5,000 off. Volkswagen has recently announced its new Polo is also subject to a £2,000 saving as part of scrappage.

2007 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf owners are keenest to scrap their cars for a new one

2007 Volkswagen GolfCall it a knock-on effect of the dieselgate scandal or simply a measure of the car’s popularity, but Auto Trader has discovered Volkswagen Golf owners are most likely to investigate dumping their old car for a new one through a scrappage scheme.

The online marketplace’s new scrappage schemes tool, which allows car owners to search all the carmaker scrappage schemes to see which ones they’re eligible for, has been running a week and has already had 17,000 car registration numbers entered into it.

Of them, the most-represented car is the Volkswagen Golf, followed by the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.

Top 10 old cars processed by the Auto Trader scrappage tool

  1. Volkswagen Golf
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Vauxhall Astra
  4. Ford Fiesta
  5. Vauxhall Corsa
  6. BMW 3 Series
  7. Volkswagen Polo
  8. Ford Mondeo
  9. Honda Civic
  10. Volkswagen Passat

Surprisingly though, despite some car brands restricting their scrappage schemes to old diesel models only, Auto Trader has discovered an even split between diesel and petrol car owners using the tool: it’s currently 51 percent diesel, 49 percent petrol.

However, while the Golf is the car model whose owners are most interested in scrappage schemes, Ford is the car brand enjoying by far the most engagement: 18.9 percent of all searches in the scrappage tool are from Ford owners – surprisingly, then followed by Toyota and Audi.

Volkswagen as a brand is down in seventh place, suggesting the Golf is over-indexing in the scrappage model rankings.

Top 10 brands processed by the Auto Trader scrappage tool

  1. Ford
  2. Toyota
  3. Audi
  4. Mazda
  5. Renault
  6. Hyundai
  7. Volkswagen
  8. Peugeot
  9. Kia
  10. Citroen

Auto Trader has developed the tool because motorists have told it they’re confused both by the plethora of scrappage schemes currently in operation, and also whether the type of car they’re currently driving is under threat.  

“We know the diesel debate has confused motorists and concerned many diesel owners who are worried about being penalised for driving an older car,” said Auto Trader’s Ivan Aistrop.

“Our new scrappage tool is a quick and efficient way of making 17 unique and detailed offers easily accessible and relevant for each car owner.”

Many car manufacturers have yet to report back on the success of their scrappage schemes, although Ford has this week revealed that it has already scrapped around 7,000 old cars from owners swapping into brand new motors.

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Mitsubishi launches scrappage scheme: save up to £6,500 off an Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi launches scrappage scheme: £6,500 off an Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi launches scrappage scheme: save up to £6,500 off an Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi is the latest manufacturer to launch a scrappage scheme, offering £6,500 off a new Outlander PHEV when you trade in your old car.

That’s made up of the government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant on top of a £4,000 contribution from Mitsubishi, taking the price of the cheapest Outlander PHEV Kotu down to £27,805.

Other models also qualify for smaller discounts under the Mitsubishi scrappage scheme. The Mitsubishi Mirage city car is eligible for a £2,000 scrappage discount, while the ASX crossover comes with £3,000 off. The Outlander diesel, meanwhile, is available with a £3,500 saving.

To qualify for Mitsubishi’s scrappage scheme, you need to trade in any make and model of car with Euro 1 to 4 emission standards registered before the end of 2009. It needs to have been registered in your name for at least six months, and Mitsubishi has confirmed that all cars traded in through the scheme will be destroyed.

“As we have demonstrated with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, we are committed to helping drivers enjoy more environmentally-friendly motoring without asking them to compromise day-to-day practicality and we’re delighted to offer a scrappage initiative that provides an enhanced opportunity for even more customers to enjoy the benefits of a newer, safer, cleaner vehicle,” said Mitsubishi Motors UK’s managing director, Lance Bradley.

The scrappage scheme is applicable to eligible Mitsubishi models registered before the end of December 2017. Mitsubishi isn’t the first to offer a scrappage scheme: similar offers are available from a number of other manufacturers, including Ford, Kia and Volkswagen.


What is a scrappage scheme?

A scrappage scheme is a way to encourage motorists to part exchange their old, polluting vehicle for a new, eco-friendly model. The UK government ran an official scrappage scheme from April 2009 to to March 2010. Anyone trading their old car (10 years or older and with their name on the V5 for 12 months or more) would be given a guaranteed £2,000 towards a new model (£1,000 from the government and £1,000 from the manufacturer of the new car).

The scheme proved controversial amongst environmental groups and classic car enthusiasts, as it dictated all cars traded in through the scheme must be scrapped – even if they were in road-legal condition. In total, more than 390,000 vehicles were scrapped as part of the scheme.

Although the government hasn’t announced any plans to bring back an official scrappage scheme, a number of car manufacturers are introducing similar schemes as concerns around air pollution continue to rise.


New Fiat 500

Fiat scrappage scheme cuts 500 price to £9,490

New Fiat 500

Fiat is the latest car maker to roll out a scrappage scheme in its dealers. The Fiat Scrappage Bonus scheme offers savings of up to £3,500 on a Fiat model – including up to £2,125 off the price of a Fiat 500 Pop. This chips the cost of a 1.2 Pop to £9,490.

A £2,500 incentive is offered on all Fiat 500X, the archaic Punto has £3,500 off (yes, they are still selling it) and the sporty Fiat Spider 124 has a £3,000 scrappage saving. Even the value-priced Fiat Tipo family hatch has a discount of up to £1,500.

Trade-in old cars must be Euro 1-4 compliant, registered before 31 December 2009: they can be either petrol or diesel, and the buyer must have owned the car for at least 180 days.

The offer also includes Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo models; £3,500 is offered on the Jeep Renegade and a massive £5,300 is available on all but base-model Giulietta. Even the new Giulia comes with £3,250 off, provided buyers don’t want either the base model or range-topping Quadrifoglio.

The scheme only runs for a month, finishing on 30 September 2017 – although owners have until 31 December to register a car. So even if a car isn’t in stock, buyers can order now, take advantage of the offer and then wait for their model to be built.

Model Series Total Car Scrappage Bonus
Fiat 500 Pop Up to £2,125
Fiat 500X All £2,500
Fiat 500L All Up to £3,500
Panda All (excl. Pop) £2,000
Tipo All Up to £1,500
Punto All £3,500
Fiat Spider 124 All £3,000

 

Abarth Spider All Up to £3,000
Abarth 595 All £1,095

 

Jeep Renegade All £3,500

 

Alfa Mito All (excl. entry model) £2,500
Alfa Giulietta All (excl. entry model) Up to £5,300
Alfa Giulia All models (excl. entry version & Quadrifoglio) £3,250
Nissan Leaf

Nissan scrappage scheme offers Leaf EV for £100 a month

Nissan LeafNissan has launched a comprehensive scrappage-style incentive it’s calling the Nissan Switch Scheme, which guarantees owners of cars built before 2010 up to £5,000 on top of the car’s trade-in value if they agree for it to be exchange.

The firm is going one extra, though: those who choose an approved-used Nissan Leaf electric car will get up to £2,000 plus trade-in value AND a special three-year, 3.9 percent APR PCP scheme to help further spread the payments.

On a £10,495 2014 Leaf Acenta, this would see the owner of an old car worth £2,500 pay just £87 a month to switch into a fully electric car. Nissan even includes a free home charging unit in the scheme, something worth £279.

Londoners should be particularly keen on it: because electric cars are exempt from the Congestion Charge, those who drive in the capital five days a week could save £2,500 annually just by signing up for the deal.

“Nissan’s campaign isn’t just about new cars,” said Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd MD Alex Smith. “We’re including our latest efficient conventionally-powered models, but uniquely we’re delivering an attractive trade-in offer on our stock of approved-used all-electric LEAFs.”

“Since 2010, Nissan has pioneered and led the charge for widespread electric vehicle adoption. As we get ready to unveil the all-new Nissan Leaf… we’re launching a new campaign to encourage drivers of older vehicles to make the switch to cleaner electric power.”

The Leaf is Britain’s best-selling EV: a whopping 1 in 2 of all EVs currently running on British roads is a Nissan Leaf.

Buyers don’t have long, though: unlike other scrappage scheme offers, Nissan’s scheme only runs until the end of September. All non-Euro 5 cars built before the end of 2009 are eligible.

Fear not if an electric car isn’t for you, though: Nissan has plenty more scrappage deals up its sleeve – and here, we list them in full. Deep breath…

Model Nissan Switch Scheme Support Total saving (including existing offers)

(Up to)

Visia/Visia + Acenta N-Connecta/

N-Vision/

n-tec

Tekna/

Tekna+

Micra £0 £1,000 £2,000 £2,000 £3,600
Juke £0 £1,000 £2,000 £2,000 £4,500
Qashqai £0 £1,000 £2,000 £2,000 £4,500
New Qashqai £0 £1,000 £2,000 £2,000 £3,500
X-Trail £0 £1,000 £2,000 £2,000 £5,000
New         X-Trail £0 £1,000 £2,000 £2,000 £4,000
           
Used LEAF 24kWh £0 £1,000 £1,000 £1,000 £2,000